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"For pioneering work on surface-plasmon enhanced radiation sources in ultrashort laser-grating interaction at relativistically strong intensities, which led to the demonstration of a source of beamed, quasi-collinear high charge multi-MeV electron bunches and attosecond XUV photon bursts."Background:
Giada Cantono received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Physics from Università di Pisa (Italy, 2011 and 2014). Steering her research to high intensity laser-plasma interactions, she carried out her final master’s project at Queen’s University of Belfast, under the co-supervision of professors M. Borghesi and A. Macchi (CNR/INO, Italy). Further on, she pursued experimental studies of laser-driven particle acceleration at Laboratoire Intéractions Dynamiques et Lasers (LIDYL) of CEA Saclay (France), where she completed her PhD in 2017 co-supervised by A. Macchi and Dr. T. Ceccotti. Her research interests include laser-matter interactions at high intensity, laser-driven ion acceleration, high-field plasmonics, plasma diagnostics, with a preferred focus on experimental and numerical investigations. She currently runs experimental activity on these topics as PostDoc researcher at Lund University (Sweden).
2019 Selection Committee Members: Rami Kishek (Chair) (UMd), Bruce Dunham (Vice-Chair) (SLAC), Rui Li (Past Chair) (JLab),Themis Mastoridis (CalPoly), Alexander Valishev (FNAL), John Zasadzinski (IIT), Sergei Nagaitsev (FNAL) - 2018 prize winner advisor.